Priorities Mark 12:28 CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO
I have found that if I don’t keep a list [at least a mental list] of my priorities, I am prone to fill my day with important but not essential things. And by the time my day has ended, I have neglected my priorities. We need to search the scriptures and see what the Lord’s priorities are for our lives. We need to keep these first and foremost so that we do not neglect them.
Love the Lord – Mk 12:30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. Of all things in our lives, our highest priority is our personal fellowship with Jesus Christ. The church of Ephesus had left their first love, Rev 2:4, and yet they were a good church with good works, Rev 2:2-5. We can’t ever allow our works to take priority over our fellowship with the Lord. Remember Martha and Mary, Lk 10:38-42.
Seek His Kingdom and Righteousness – Matt 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Our days are filled with thoughts of food, raiment and mammon. These become our principle concerns. The Lord tells us to seek his kingdom and righteousness rather than these things. He said that when we do, these things will be added to us. In other words, you don’t neglect these things, but they are no longer your principle concern; he is!
Publish the Gospel – Mk 13:10 And the gospel must first be published among all nations. The Lord said that before he comes, the gospel must be published among all nations. Therefore, we have a personal obligation to preach the word and to support those who are preaching it in other parts of the world.
Give to the Lord – 2 Cor 8:12 For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not. As it concerns giving, it is best to first develop a willing mind. Always give your tithe. Always give the Lord of your first fruits. Always give of yourself [2 Cor 8:5]. When your mind is willing, you will never again hesitate to give generously in response to a charitable desire.
Pray for Others – 1 Tim 2:1-2 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men. If you make prayer the early priority in your day you will find that your day is much better than if you neglect to pray. And don’t consume all the time on yourself. Pray for others and pray for them often.
Conclusion: When you do these things, you will be certain that you are at least tending to the priorities that the Lord has spelled out for your life. Don’t neglect these five things by becoming so involved in other things. Do a review of your life and see if you are getting better at these five things or if you are letting them slip. Get back on track if other things have become more of a priority than these.